McGill Method Level 3 – High Performance Training: Progressing backs from pain to performance

McGill Method courses are now online. Visit our online-learning page for details.
In person courses are delayed until further notice because of the COVID-19 situation.
We wish everyone well and we will see you when things resolve.

Instructors: Prof. Stuart McGill &
Joel Proskewitz


This one-day course is geared for advanced clinicians and performance specialists. Mechanisms and training techniques used with world class athletes will be introduced and discussed. The development of movement/motor patterns, endurance, speed, and power within the principles that minimize back injury, or exacerbation of existing injury are work-shopped. Specific topics covered include building resilience, training capacity, and strength and speed techniques within pain-free progressions. Formalization of some of the performance “tricks” including how to get through “sticking points”, and developing “superstiffness” will be done in lecture and practical sessions.

You will learn:

  • Mechanisms and training techniques used with world class athletes
  • How to quantify the demands of specific occupational and sporting athletics, quantify the capabilities of the individual, and create programs to create capabilities to meet the demands.
  • How to develop movement/motor patterns, endurance, speed, and power within the principles that minimize spine stress
  • Coaching cues to maximise effectiveness of injury resilience and performance



Low Back Disorders: Evidence based prevention and rehabilitation, Third Edition, published by Human Kinetics publishers, (, 2016

Ultimate back fitness and performance, Sixth Edition, published by Backfitpro Inc (, 2017

Back Mechanic, 2015

Three videos illustrating the assessment and therapeutic exercise techniques and performance enhancing techniques used in the clinical portion of the course are also available through Vimeo or DVD:

McGill, S.M. (2012) The Ultimate back: Assessment and therapeutic exercise, Second Edition

McGill, S.M. (2010) Enhancing Performance,

McGill, S.M. and Brandon, Lee. (2016) The New Science of Golf


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Prof. Stuart McGill

Prof. Stuart M. McGill was a professor of spine biomechanics at the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, ON, Canada) for 32 years. He continues as a consultant where his advice is often sought by governments, corporations, legal experts and elite athletes and teams from around the world. Difficult back cases are regularly referred to him for consultation.

Joel Proskewitz

Mr. Proskewitz has worked with Professor McGill for the past 12 years learning his approaches for assessment and performance training. He is a master trainer based in London UK. Professor McGill regularly refers difficult patients to Joel who assesses the individual to reach a precise diagnosis. Then an appropriate strategy to eliminate the pain triggers to wind down sensitivity is coached. This is followed with an exercise progression to create a foundation for pain-free movement. He has taught internationally with Professor McGill for the past three years. He teaches McGill 2, McGill 3 and the Back Mechanic course.